COVID-19 Testing, Tracing, and Results

Information changes frequently. Please check back to this page often.

Roadmap to Reopen: Effective January 5, 2022 at 12:01 am, the Ontario government is temporarily moving the province into a modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen due to recent trends that show an alarming increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations. Time-limited public health measures, including reduced capacity limits, will be in effect during this time. Please continue to follow all public health measures, advice and restrictions

 

Getting tested

Effective December 31, 2021,  publicly-funded PCR testing will be available only for high-risk individuals who are symptomatic and/or are at risk of severe illness from COVID-19, including for the purposes of confirming a COVID-19 diagnosis to begin treatment, and workers and residents in the highest risk settings, as well as vulnerable populations. Members of the general public with mild symptoms are asked not to seek testing. A full list of eligible individuals can be found at: Updated Eligibility for PCR Testing and Case and Contact Management Guidance in Ontario.

In addition, most individuals with a positive result from a rapid antigen test will no longer be required or encouraged to get a confirmatory PCR or rapid molecular test.

Learn more at: Ontario Updating Public Health Measures and Guidance in Response to Omicron.

For a full list of testing locations visit COVID-19 testing locations.

If you are a contact

  • Public health will continue to investigate cases associated with highest risk settings (including long-term care homes, retirement homes, hospitals, shelter or congregate settings).  
  • If you are a high-risk close contact of someone with COVID-19, HPPH or the Provincial Working Group may contact you, or send you a letter, but we are not contacting everyone. 
  • Visit ontario.ca/exposed for information on isolation requirements for cases, household members, and high-risk (non-household) close contacts. 

Rapid Antigen Testing

Huron Perth Public Health does NOT have rapid antigen tests for distribution. Please see the relevant categories below for information on how to access rapid antigen tests. For more information on what to do if you get a positive rapid antigen test or are symptomatic, please visit ontario.ca/exposed

Rapid antigen tests for individuals

The Ontario government has announced that they will be providing free rapid antigen tests in select settings over the winter holiday season. For more information, visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/pop-up-holiday-schedule-rapid-antigen-tests.

Local pharmacies may also have rapid antigen testing kits or services available for a cost. Please contact your local pharmacy to inquire. 

Rapid antigen tests for small businesses and organizations

All businesses under 150 employees can access rapid antigen tests through participating Chambers of Commerce, free of charge. These kits are for screening employees on a regular basis, not to be held in storage. Please visit the Ontario Chamber of Commerce webpage for more information. 

Provincial Antigen Screening Program for employers

The Provincial Antigen Screening Program is a program that allows employers to add an additional safety measure in workplaces to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Participating in rapid, on-site testing may facilitate the identification of an individual infected with COVID-19 in the workplace, and may prevent asymptomatic individuals from unknowingly spreading COVID-19 in the workplace. 

Businesses are encouraged to visit Ontario.ca/testingonsite for more information on how to access free rapid antigen point-of-care tests for workplace screening. If you have any further questions about using rapid antigen tests in your workplace, please contact covid19testing@ontariohealth.ca or visit their webpage

Please note that rapid tests kits are considered hazardous waste, and require proper management. For more information about disposal please refer to the Province's Safe handling and management of rapid antigen COVID-19 testing waste webpage. 

Getting a test for travel

Getting a test for travel
In order to receive a COVID-19 test for outbound international travel and to receive a valid travel certificate you must pay for a private COVID-19 test. These tests are not available through Huron-Perth assessment centres. A test done at a local assessment centre will not be sufficient to meet the requirements for international outbound travel.

Huron Perth Assessment Centres do not provide travel-related testing.

Huron Perth Public Health does not provide results of private COVID-19 tests or provide information for travel certificates.

Private COVID-19 tests, and travel certificates, for outbound international travel are available through the following:

This list is for information only. The inclusion of a pharmacy or testing location on this page does not indicate an endorsement or involvement from Huron Perth Public Health.

How to get tested

  • Effective December 31, 2021,  publicly-funded PCR testing will be available only for high-risk individuals who are symptomatic and/or are at risk of severe illness from COVID-19, including for the purposes of confirming a COVID-19 diagnosis to begin treatment, and workers and residents in the highest risk settings, as well as vulnerable populations. Members of the general public with mild symptoms are asked not to seek testing. A full list of eligible individuals can be found at: Updated Eligibility for PCR Testing and Case and Contact Management Guidance in Ontario.
  • To book an appointment, call your primary healthcare provider or contact the community assessment centre or pharmacy directly. Use this searchable list of COVID-19 Testing Locations to find a site near you.
  • Assessment centres are managed by local primary care under the Ontario Health agency. HPPH provides the following list of local assessment centres for community information, but please contact a local assessment centre for more information.

Locations of Huron Perth COVID-19 Community Testing Centres

Location Contact information Hours of operation How to get a test

Stratford [operated by Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance] 

Rotary Complex - Hall D

353 McCarthy Rd., Stratford

Monday - Friday

9am-5pm:
519-272-8210 ext 2747

Monday-Friday:
9:15am-7:30pm

 

  • Appointment required; call between 9am-5pm to request an appointment. 
  • Will accommodate self-referral.

Stratford Huron and Matilda Shoppers Drug Mart (only tests eligible people without symptoms)

511 Huron St., Stratford (Huron and Matilda)

519-271-9195

Monday-Sunday:

8am-10pm

Listowel Outpatient Building,

285 Sarah Ave N., Listowel 

519-292-2133 

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 8:30am -  4pm


Tuesday & Thursday: 8:30am - 12:30pm

**Hours subject to change based on volume**

  • Call ahead for instructions; by appointment only.
  • Please call between 8:30am-4pm to schedule an appointment.
  • Online booking available http://lwha.ca/covidbooking/

Grand Bend Assessment Centre

69 Main Street, East Grand Bend

519-238-1556
ext 111

Monday-Friday:

1:30-4pm

  • Call to book an appointment or go online to complete an appointment request form.
  • Drive-up available. People without vehicles will also be accommodated. 
  • Will accept self referrals.
  • Only testing available.

Goderich

Kinsmen Centre

185 Keays St., Goderich

519-524-6060
ext 263

Monday-Friday:

10am-4pm

  • By appointment only.

  • Self-referrals accepted.
  • Call to book an appointment.
  • Assessment and testing available.
  • After hours: If you are calling your local healthcare provider after hours, please follow their instructions.

Anyone with severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, or any other medical emergency should call 9-1-1.

Getting your test results

  • Turnaround time for test results varies.
  • Results are given through the online portal and require a photo health (OHIP) card.
  • Please discuss alternative arrangements to receive testing results if you:
    • Do not have a photo health OHIP card (green card)
    • Have a red-and-white OHIP card
    • Do not have access to the internet
    • Are unable to understand a website in English

If, after seven days, your test results have not appeared online contact Huron Perth Public Health.